Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign

Joplin Community Tree Recovery Campaign

Help communities like Joplin, Missouri plant hope and begin to heal.

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The Spring of 2011 brought unimaginable devastation to the people of Joplin, Missouri, as a tornado barreled through the Midwestern city, destroying homes and landscapes.

On May 19, 2011, an EF5 tornado barreled through the city of Joplin, Missouri, destroying homes, livelihoods, and landscapes. This destructive tornado damaged over 7,500 homes and 550 businesses, injured more than 1,000 people, and took 160 lives. After the storm passed and as the Joplin community regained its footing, the Arbor Day Foundation reached out to partners on the ground to develop a plan to get trees back into the hands of homeowners who desperately needed them.

In response, the Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign emerged from a partnership between the Arbor Day Foundation and the Wildcat Glades Conservation & Audubon Center. Launched in the spring of 2012, the Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign has now distributed 22,000 trees to Joplin homeowners and continues to help replant seeds of hope in the community.

In 2015 and 2016, the Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign will continue to distribute thousands of trees to homeowners affected by the tornado, restoring the landscape to its natural beauty.

Thanks to an outpouring of support for the Joplin Tree Recovery Campaign, the Arbor Day Foundation and its partners will continue to distribute tens of thousands of trees to the close-knit community of Joplin, Missouri. Donations are no longer needed for this specific campaign, but by donating to our general Tree Recovery Fund, your support brings life back to other disaster-stricken communities where the need remains.

Tree Species Distributed
Eastern Redbud White Dogwood Sugar Maple
Northern Red Oak White Oak Sassafras

View the Joplin Tree Recovery Site Schedule